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Art Works Podcast: Liz Lerman, Part Two

No one is bringing down the illusory (and fast-crumbling) wall between art and science with more verve than choreographer, dancer, and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Liz Lerman. In this week's podcast, (and the second of a two-part interview), Lerman discusses the dilemma artists and others create for themselves when they place concepts in opposition with one another. For example, she is equally committed to creating work for both concerts and communities, and refuses to privilege one over the other. She resists hierarchical thinking and instead insists on conceptualizing in the horizontal. In fact, that's the title of her latest book, Hiking the Horizontal. One of the dichotomies she's resisted is the boundary between art and science. For the past eight years, she has been deeply involved with nurturing the relationship between science and art. She's created a number of dance projects inspired by science and by conversations with and among scientists.

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